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Belzer Blog Volume 5 Issue 9

Celebrate SUCCESS!

Summer Fun: King’s Island

By Braya Benjamin, Bobbie Dunlap, Darrion Brandon Kings Island is a great way to cool off in the summer, or just a great a way to spend quality time with family and friends. Kings Island has many cool attractions, such as water rides, roller coasters (such as The Banshee, The Diamondback, The Vortex and The Racer) and more. Here are some fun rides to go on at Kings Island. The Beast set a record for being the longest, fastest, and tallest wooden roller coaster. The ride can reach a speed of 65 mph, and that’s enough definitely enough to get your adrenaline going. Banshee is another cool roller coaster you can go on there. Since it is a steel roller coaster, you can go through loops. Even faster than The Beast, it has high speed 68 mph. Banshee was opened on April 18, of 2014. Soak City is the water part of Kings Island. It also has many cool rides too, such as the Beach House Slides, Malibu Run, Sunset River, and more. Soak city has many slides and water attractions to keep you cool from the sun’s heat. Did you know that Kings Island’s slogan is “It’s amazing here!” Another cool fact is Kings Island is 364 acres. Also, the park was opened in 1972, by a company called Taft Broadcasting Company. Kings Island also has good food. They have St. Louis-style ribs, smoked tri-tip barbecue beef, riblets, pulled pork, rotisserie chicken and Queen City Sausage, along with a selection of side dishes, including corn on the cob, hush puppies, mac-n-cheese, coleslaw, french fries, salads, and chicken tenders.

Fun Fantastic Library Event During Summer Break

By Brooklyn Murphy Every June 5th-July 29th during the summer many library branches hold a summer reading program. The summer reading program can be great for kids to explore, read more books, meet new people, and last of all have fun. During the Library camp, kids don’t just read they also do things like take trips to the pool, go to museums, make many crafts, and many other wonderful activities. There are different ways you can sign up for this event. One way you can sign up for this event is by going to online and clicking kids summer event. It’ll give you more information. Another way you can sign up for this event is by going to any public library and there would be workers there to help you sign up. This event is held at almost every Indianapolis Public Libraries. If there’s nothing else to do over summer break besides sit in the house bored, just get up and ask your parents to take you to one of Indianapolis Public Libraries. You would hate to miss out on a fantastic event. What makes the event even better is that you don’t have to pay a penny! So get up and get out this summer. It would be great to see you at one of these events!

Three DIY Fun Summer Activities

By Addyson Fender-Groves and Allyson Yohn 1. Ever bored and hungry for a nice popsicle? Well now you can do it yourself. You will need Sprite, gummy bears, and popsicle molds which you can get at your local dollar tree. First, fill the popsicle mold with about 7-10 gummy bears. Now fill the mold with sprite to the fill line. Lastly put the stick in the mold and pop them in the freezer overnight, then enjoy your divine popsicles

package. While your waiting for your dye to mix, take your cotton material and tie the rubber bands in the pattern you would like. For a Bullseye design, pinch the center of the garment of your choice and add 1-2 rubber bands. Now take your colors and splatter then wherever you want. Now put your cotton material with still rubber bands on it into a plastic bag, and let it sit for 24 hours. After this, wash it, and enjoy your colorful makings.

2. Ever wanted a new look on this fun, classic game? All you need is the game twister, shaving cream and food coloring of each of the colors on the mat. First lay the mat on a flat surface since this game is messy you will most likely want to do this outside. Next get your shaving cream and mix it with the food coloring into all different bowls of each color on mat. Now place a big scoop of the shaving cream food coloring mixture from the bowls and place it on each circle. Have fun and get messy! 3. Colorful, spiral, zig zag, fun. To make a tye dye shirt you will need a cotton material to tie dye, fabric dye (colors of your choice) and, rubber bands. First, take your fabric dye and mix it with the instructions on the

4 Amazing Crafts For Summer By Brooklyn Murphy and Dru Smith

Tin Can Grill You will need a can, foil, your oven rack, and scissors. Step 1: You cut the can with your scissors. Step 2: Take the scissors that you have and cut the sides of the can. Step 3: Fold the sides of the can and put the foil in the inside of the can. Step 4: Put the oven grill on top of the can.

both plates on top of each other. Step 5: Decore of your choice.

Paper Plate Frisbees Step 1: Get any paper plate. Step 2: Cut the whole center of the plate out in a circle shape. Step 3: Repeat step 1 and 2. Step 4: Glue the edges of

Summer Bag You will need a big plastic bottle, scissors, long rope. Step 1: Take the bottle, and cut the top and bottom off with the scissors. Step 2: You take the top of the sissors, and you make 3 holes on the sides. Step 3: Take the rope and put it in between holes that you have make, then tie it. Step4: Put the rope on the other side of the bottle so it can make a strap And your done. Pom Pom Flip Flops Step 1: you have to get rubber bands (any color), Flip flops, bobby pins and super glue. Step 2: Take two of the rubber bands and tie them together. Step 3: Get the bobby pins and tie the rubber bands on the bobby pin. Step 4: Add Multiple more rubber bands to the bobby pin by sliding them on. Step 5: Tie the pom pom you have made from rubber bands on your flip flops. Step 6: Get your super glue and put gently on the part of the flip flop where the pompom is tied. (The super glue if for the pompom’s to lay down.)

Sports Who Was Isaiah Thomas?

By Xander Smith and Edward Jones Isaiah Lord Thomas was born on April 30, 1961 (age 56 years) Chicago, IL. Thomas played for the Detroit Pistons. He was number 11, and he played point guard position. He averaged 19.2 PTS, 9.3 AST, 1.9 STL, and 3.6 TRB per game. He was drafted in 1981 with the second overall pick by the Detroit Pistons. He spent his entire career with them. Thomas won 2 NBA titles and was an 12 time NBA all star. Thomas and his teammates were known for their aggressive play style and getting into a lot of fights on the court. Thomas went to St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois, and graduated at Indiana University Bloomington. Thomas played 13 seasons and retired in 1994. He was entered in the Hall of Fame in 2000.

NBA Playoffs First Round

By Gene Hooten and Shayne Spear The NBA playoffs are the most exciting part about the NBA. Only 8 teams from the East and the West can make it to the playoffs, which are the the total of 16 teams. Only two teams can make it to the championship, and only one team can win it all! The teams that made the playoffs in the Western conference are: San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, Okc Thunder, New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, and the Portland Trail Blazers. Eastern conference teams are: Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Miami Heat. All these teams are here for one reason and that’s a NBA Championship!!! The final four are Houston, Golden State Warriors, Boston, and Cleveland. Good luck to all teams!

5 Weird Sports

By Alicia Barnes and Savanna Scales Sports are a very popular way of entertainment that have changed overtime, but some have been a little odd. Extreme Ironing- Extreme ironing was invented in 1997 by Phil Shaw. It is exactly what it sounds like. Someone who is participating irons in a very dangerous location. Ferret legging- Ferret legging is competition to see how long someone can keep a ferret in their pants. This is difficult because ferrets are vicious and strong when they are scared, and they have sharp claws and teeth. Joggling- Joggling is juggling and jogging at the same time. Juggling alone is a very difficult thing to achieve, but then jogging is added in which makes it so hard. Jogglers compete for the fastest time, longest time without making a mistake, and also do tricks. Sheep Counting- Sheep counting is when about 400 sheep are released from a pen and ten contestants must count them accurately while the sheep run by. Sheep counting is actually a profession, and people do it as a living. Bossaball- Bossaball is a mixture of volleyball, football, and gymnastics. The point of the game is to make the ball touch the ground on the opponent's side. To do this, the players may use any part of their body and jump if they need to. The court they play on is inflatable, and the teams are made up of three to five people.

Who Is Reggie Miller?

By Darius Johnson and Omarion Moore Reginald Wayne Miller (31) was born on August 24, 1965, Riverside, CA (age 52). He was a professional NBA player. He played college basketball at UCLA. In 1987, he was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the 11th pick of the draft. He played in 5 all star games, he’s a member in the 50 40 90 club ,and was 6’7’’. As his professional basketball career went on, Reggie played so well he was beginning to be considered the greatest three point shooter of all time. He led the league in career three pointers until Ray Allen broke his record. Reggie Miller is also known for his clutch and incredible performance scoring eight points in 8.9 seconds in Game 1 against the Knicks! Reggie Miller had only one finals appearance his whole career, but lost to the Lakers 4-2. Miller is 14th on the all-time scoring list and was the first Indiana Pacer to start in the All Star Game. Reggie is considered one of the greatest three point shooters of all time!


By Andreas Foster and Avery Bullock Kevin Durant was born on September 29th, 1988. He is a professional basketball player currently playing for the Golden State Warriors. He has won a NBA championship and a MVP award in 2013-2014. Durant and his siblings grew up in prince george's county, Maryland, on eastern outskirts of Washington D.C. He was unusually tall from young age. He was 6 foot in middle school. His favorite NBA player was Vince Carter. He played AAU ball with Michael Beasley. In his rookie season, Durant was selected as a member of the NBA’s All-Rookie First team and was named the NBA’s” Rookie OF THE YEAR’. After the 2007-2008 season, the Seattle SuperSonics relocated the organization to OKC. Durant continues to thrive with the franchise, having been named an NBA All-Star three times (2010-2012), becoming the only eighth player in NBA to do so. On July 4, 2016, Durant made big waves in the NBA when he announced that he had agreed to sign with the 73-9 Golden State Warriors. “The primary mandate I had for myself in making this decision was to have it based on the potential for my growth as a player.” His number is 35 because his elementary coach died when he was 35 years old. The move proved to be winning decision for Durant. In 2017, he helped lead the warriors to the NBA finals, facing off against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. In game five, Kevin Durant scored 39 points in a 129-120 victory, the warriors second NBA championship in two years. Durant averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assist throughout the series and was named MVP for his stellar performance. “I knew at some point in my life it would come together for me; l just had to keep grinding.” This season he has done a lot, and everyone loves him again. He played with Russell Westbrook his former Thunder teammate in the ALLSTARS and they get along and he is on his way to get his second ring in his career. “Going to the warriors was the best thing he ever did in my life”.

The World Cup

By Kyle Turner and Leslie Ahuatl The World Cup is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association FIFA. The World Cup is held every four years. The guys World Cup started in 1930. The women’s World Cup started in 1991. The current champion is Germany, which won its fourth title at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A title is basically a star that you get when you win a World Cup. The World Cup in Russia will be the 21st World Cup. The final tournament will involve 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through qualifying competitions, and the automatically-qualified host team. In the “Group Stage,” there are eight groups A-H. They are grouped with four teams in each group. Groups are set up so that no group contains more than two European teams, or more than one team from any of the 5 other FIFA zones. There are six FIFA continental zones: Africa, Asia, North and Central America and Caribbean, South America, Oceania and Europe. The two best teams in each group stay and go on to the second round. When the “Group Stage” is over, then comes the second round the “Knockout Stage.” In this stage, the team with the most points stays and goes on to the next round. The “Knockout Stage” begins with the “Round of 16” in which the winner of each Group plays against the runner-up from another group. When the “Knockout” stage is over comes the quarter finals, the semi finals, then the finals. Then whoever wins gets a trophy and is the winner of the world cup that year. Out of the 32 teams, 20 will be making back to back appearances following the last tournament in 2014, including defending champions Germany. While Iceland and Panama will both be making their first appearances at a FIFA World Cup. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The final will take place on July 15 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The winners of the 2018 World Cup will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup. The 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup is a quadrennial international men's football tournament organized by FIFA. It is expected to be held in 2021, as a prelude to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It is scheduled to be the 11th edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup.

The National Football League Draft

By Gene Hooten and Shayne Spear There are 7 rounds in the NFL Draft, and every team at least gets one pick of each round. Nobody knew that Baker Mayfield would get drafted number 1, but he did. He was the best player in the draft. One of the players who had an outstanding season this year was Saquon Barkley. He is the best running back in the draft, he was picked number 2 overall, and he went to Penn State University. The NFL drafts about 600 people every year, and that's more of a opportunity than other sports because basketball only drafts around 60 people, so you would have to be number 1 in your state. They are also getting people from overseas. So the NFL draft is a more likely chance of making it to the NFL. Every time before the NFL draft, there is an NFL combine where players get to show their skills. This is where all the coaches come out and watch these players workout and compete at a high level. They do the bench press, run the 40 yard dash, and do a lot of their position drills. This is how all the coaches focus on the key player they want.

The Black Mamba

By Malcolm Sam Kobe Bryant is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and he was born on August 23, 1978. As Kobe grew up his dad Joe Bryant played in the NBA for the Washington Wizards. While Kobe’s father was playing in the NBA, he would be with a babysitter with his siblings because his mom wasn’t really in his life at the time. But as he got older, Kobe would start playing for AAU teams. Since Kobe was doing so well in these games a lot of highschool wanted him to play for them. The high school that he chose to attend to was Lower Merion. Once Kobe got use to highschool ball, he started to break his schools records in points. At the end of Kobe’s high school career, he decided to go straight to the NBA. Since he made that choice, he would not be able to go to college. When it was time for the NBA Draft, Kobe was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round, but later that evening he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. In that season with the Lakers, Kobe became a star rookie, and he became really famous when it was All- Star Weekend and Kobe won the dunk contest at the age of 19. Later in his career, Kobe won his first NBA championship with Shaq against the Portland Trail Blazers. Now when it was time for Kobe to play against the Toronto Raptors Kobe had a franchise record of scoring 81 points. When that game happened, everybody knew he was the next big thing.

Who Is Paul George?

By Darius Johnson and Omarion Moore Paul Clifton George (Paul George) was born on May 2, 1990, Palmdale, CA (age 27). He is a professional NBA player. He played college basketball at Fresno. In 2010, he was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the first round 10th pick of the draft. He played in 5 all star games; he’s a most improved player, and is 6’9’’. As his professional basketball career went on, George was playing great and became an elite, star leader for the pacers. He led them to three straight conference finals, but lost each time to LeBron James and the Miami Heat. In the 2014 season, George suffered a gruesome injury in a team USA game. He worked very hard to get back in the game, and stardom level, made a return in the 2015 season! Paul George was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for two young players and formed a “superteam” with Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, but struggled and lost in the first round of the 2018 playoffs. George is considering going to the LA Lakers this offseason, but we will have to wait and see for his decision.

Who is John Wall?

By Charles Vaden John Wall was born on September 6th, 1990 in Raleigh, North Carolina. His real name is Johnathan Hildred Wall Jr. and he plays for the Washington Wizards as number 2, a point guard. John is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 209 pounds with a 7 foot wingspan. Growing up, John’s father died at the age of 52 when John was 8. John’s mom worked multiple jobs to provide food for their family. John has 2 sisters named Tanya Pulley and Cierra Wall. After John’s father died, it hurt him a lot, so he started getting in fights and getting in trouble in school. John started getting out of trouble when he started playing AAU basketball when he was 12 years old. John went to Garner Magnet High School and averaged 19.7 points. John and The Wizards were placed 8th in the Eastern conference, but they fell short in the 1st round of the playoffs against the Toronto Raptors this year. John still played well even though they lost. During the 2017-2018 season, John averaged 19.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 9.6 assists per game.

3 Well-Known Players In Basketball History

By Kayden Smith Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known as MJ, is one of the most known players in basketball history. He was born February 17, 1963, Brooklyn, New York City, NY. Michael Jordan is 6’6. MJ has won 6 championships and has five children, Marcus Jordan, Jeffrey Michael Jordan, Ysabel Jordan, Jasmine Mickael Jordan, and Victoria Jordan. He played for the Chicago Bulls, but now is retired. He is also known for his shoes, Air Jordans. Michael was a shooting guard. Kobe Bean Bryant is one of the most

known player in basketball history. Kobe holds the record for scoring the second most points in a single game. Kobe was born August 23, 1978, Philadelphia, PA. He also has his own shoes named after him. He was a shooting guard for the Lakers. Kobe has three children, Natalia Diamante Bryant, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, and Bianka Bella Bryant. Kobe is now retired. Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal also known as “Shaq,” is a retired NBA star. Shaq was born March 6, 1972, Newark, NJ. Shaquille O’Neal is the fifth-highest-scoring NBA player by total career playoff points scored which is 5,250. Shaq is 7’1. Shaq has five children Shareef O’Neal, Me’arah O’Neal, Shaqir O’Neal, Taahirah O’Neal, and Amirah O’Neal. He also played for the Lakers.

Congratulations to all Spring Athletes on a great season. Good luck to our 8th grade athletes who plan on competing next year!

Belzer News and Sports

Biology At Belzer

By Jacob Kramer Have you heard some of your friends talk about the biology class here at Belzer? Have you heard your science teachers talk about the other science teacher, Mrs. Anderson? Do you think you would be able to learn about evolution and diseases in great detail mostly by yourself? If you want to be in biology, then you will have to work very hard. In this article, it will be told how to survive biology. If you get into Biology, you will first have to get used to Mrs. Anderson. Mrs. Anderson is very funny and energetic. She will usually give you work to do by yourself. You will be taught about the subjects and then left to work in you groups of four to complete your assignment and/or project. You will have many different quizzes and assignments. After all, this is a high school credit class. One of the quizzes you will have continuously is a prefix and suffix quiz. You will get a paper with all the words and definitions and there will be a quiz on them every two weeks. One of the projects you will do in this class is the Mitosis Claymation. You will make stop motion animation with clay to show how a cell reproduces. You will also do a Adobe Spark video on an animal you choose to show the different beliefs of two of the major scientist who studied evolution. It is called The Darwin And Lamarck Video. There are many more things that are very tough to do in this class, but it all requires persistence. If you take this class now, it will take off some of the things you have to complete in high school. I recommend that you stay in this class because of the help it will provide for your future.

Track Records!

By Leslie Ahuatl We are very impressed about our track team. The school records were broken again this year as well as last year. This year, 4 girls broke school records. Reyonna Perkins broke one of the school records. “I didn’t think we would actually break the record,” she said. “I was surprised that I broke a record and I never thought I would. Teniah Evans, an 8th grader, broke another school record. Megan Barnum, also an 8th grader, broke a school record. Lacy Norfolk, 8th grader, is the last girl who broke a record. “I never thought we would break the record again because we didn’t have the same people on one track,” she said. “But every year we’re getting better and we keep breaking the record.”

The Belzer Blog Talks to Bennett Dubois

By Cooper Nelson and Addyson Fender-Groves The boys track team has broken three records this season. Bennett Dubois, one of the guys on the team, recently talked to the belzer blog about their successful season. Belzer broke the records in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd meet. He states that, “It felt pretty cool man, but it wasn’t just me, it was a team effort.” He also states that “They lapped everybody, and that they weren’t good.” He started when he was 10 (so about 4 years ago.) He has always liked it because of it being a stress reliever and it was fun for him. He wants to run in the Olympics and wants to run an Iron Man (a multi-event sporting contest.) Bennett also runs at his house and around his neighborhood.

Belzer Baseball Update

By Gene Hooten and Shayne Spear The Belzer Boys Baseball team is 8-2 but is undefeated in conference play. One of their players, Jayden Anderson, is the shortstop for the Bruins this year and also pitches for the team when needed. In his opinion, the team has had a great season. The coaches are Coach Ogg and Coach Arnette. Last year was not that good for Jayden and the Bruins, but this year the team did much better. According to Jayden, their biggest win of the season was the Westlane game. Belzer put up the most points this season, which was 15. Jayden also plays travel baseball for the Titans. He also hit many home runs in travel. The Bruins’ season is just about over. Congratulations to Jayden and the team.

Belzer Baseball Player Rodney Rivers

By Kyle Turner Rodney Rivers is a center fielder for the Belzer Middle School baseball team. He has five siblings and their names are Robin, Ramiya, Renesha, Rylen, and Ragen. When he is not practicing or at school, he plays soccer. When he grows up, he wants to become a professional baseball player or go into the MLB. For a side job, he wants to be a backup fireman. Basically a backup fireman is when there is no fireman ready and he would be the one who takes his/her place. If he could join any baseball team, he said he would want to join Indiana Nitro. The Indiana Nitro is a baseball team located in Indiana. His favorite baseball player is Matt Carpenter. Matt Carpenter is a infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals. Rodney has never got into a fight on the field. “It’s a good thing,” said Rodney. When Rodney was younger, people would yell, “Hey batter batter swing,” when he was about to bat. Last year, Rodney broke his wrist and he got hit in the rib by the baseball when he was in Kentucky playing for the Indiana Prospects.

The 8th Grade Softball Players

By Jaida Penny Softball is a very strategic game to play. Our 8th graders girls at Belzer have had a good season so far, and they have phenomenal players for this season. The softball team captains are Tranice Lee, Phedra Smith, Halle Shelt, and Alayna Ragonesi. The season so far is going good, and some of the players said that the girls need to work on communication because that is a very crucial part of the game and of the team. The amazing players at Belzer would love to have girls play next year because it gives you an opportunity to experience new things and make new friends. Other team players also said that you become a family and you will love the game. The 8th graders now said that they will all play next year for Lawrence Central and hope to make Varsity. The captains of the team said the Zoie Mills and Destiny Harrow were the most improved on the team, and are good players and have potential.

Avicii’s Tragic Death


By Audrey Isaac and Danisha Alvarez Tim Bergling (Avicii) died at the age of 28 in Muscat, Oman on April 20th, 2018. Avicii had several health problems and had his appendix and gallbladder removed in 2014, which caused him to cancel several shows. During the peak of his fame, Avicii was open about his addiction to alcohol that made him retire from his tour in 2016. This added to his acute pancreatitis and made it a lot worse. “Yeah I was drinking way too much, partying way too much in general. Then I got a pancreatitis attack at 21, which is very rare. So that forced me to do a 180 and stop drinking,” he told CNN. After that, he reassured his fans that he would still make music in the studio. In August 2017, he announced that he was releasing a new album. His constant stream of top 40 hits ruled the charts over the past decade. Many celebrities, family, and friends described him as a beautiful soul. Avicii had two autopsies performed on him, and police found no evidence of ‘foul play’. His three siblings and parents had arrived in Muscat to take his body to Sweden where he was born. His representative asked the public to respect the family’s need for privacy during this difficult time.

Skincare Tricks And Tips

By Savanna Scales and Alicia Barnes Many self care accounts exist on the internet that share tips on how to better your lifestyle. One thing that they share is tips regarding skincare. Face masks, face scrubs, applicators, etc. You name it, they’ve done it. Here are some skin care tips and tricks to help you better your self care. 1. Try not to use your hands when applying skin care products. The reason for this is because your hands have lots of germs and bacteria, which can end up on your face. For face masks, you can use silicone sponges to apply it to your face. As for face scrubs, rotating facial brushes are very helpful. 2. Look for and use face scrubs and washes that are made for your skin type. There are many face products out there that are specifically made for different skin types. For example, face scrubs for oily skin, dry skin, etc. These really help your skin since they are made for your type of skin. 3. Wash your face and do face masks frequently. Face masks help hydrate skin, remove oils, and help the appearance of pores. Daily face washing removes oil, dirt, other bacteria, and dead skin cells. So, if you do these often it will help your face. 4. Use face products that have salicylic acid in it. Depending on your skin’s sensitivity level, salicylic acid can really help your acne. One example of a face scrub that has salicylic acid in it is Bioré baking soda acne scrub. This face scrub is very affective and really helps with acne. It might not help every skin type, but it is still very helpful.

Top 5 Oldest Things in the World

By Joseph Lamson The world holds the oldest things that are still around today, like bridges or the oldest photograph known. Here is the top 5 oldest, still existing, things today. Stiftskeller St. Peter is a restaurant that is said to be the oldest existing restaurant still being used today. This expensive restaurant is located in Austria. No one knows the actual date that this restaurant was built. This restaurant has even served people like Christopher Columbus! Staters where currency used over 2,500 years ago in various regions of Greece. This coin was made of a silver and gold alloy known as electrum. It was believed that the Ancient Kingdom of Lydia, which is now known as Turkey, was believed to be the first to use coins as currency. The oldest bridge still being used today is the Arkadiko bridge. It is one of the oldest arch bridges still existing today. This bridge is located

in Argolis, Greece and is a total of 22 meters long with a height of 4 meters. Studies have shown that this bridge was specifically used for the crossings of chariots. The oldest living tree is more than 5,000 years old and still standing today. This tree is located in the White Mountains, California. The tree is a Bristlecone Pine and is known to attain great ages lasting up to 9,000 years. The precise location is kept a secret so no one would harm it. The oldest musical Instrument known was the bone flute used 40,000 years ago. People made the flutes with mammoth bones and where founded in Germany. The flutes founded where tested to be up to 43,000 years old.

Super Expensive Outfit

By Jordyn Moreland One of the world's most expensive dresses is 7.4 million dollar. The dress is made out of complete silk; it is rust color with lace in the back. The designer says, “I made this dress but no shoes.” She wanted to make sure there were shoes that match the dress. So designer Debbie Wingham created shoes to match. The shoes cost $3 million. She also wanted them to match so it wouldn’t be hard to match shoes with it. These shoes cost a lot. They are the 2nd most expensive shoes in the world. They have silk coated on them, and also they have real diamonds on top of the flower including diamonds, rubies and sapphires, the bottom of the shoes is created from rust-colored satin.

3 Beautiful Attractions Around The World

By Jaida Penny and Danisha Alvarez The first location is in the U.S. more specifically, Arizona. The Grand Canyon National Park has many different activities. You can go on the skywalk, which is basically where 60-120 people can walk on glass panels over the canyon. You can go hiking, camping, and rafting at the park. Torres del Paine National park is located in the region of Magallanes y Antártica Chilena. Torres del Paine is known for the breathtaking mountains, icebergs, and grasslands. The beautiful national park was founded in 1959. Torres del Paine is one of the largest national parks in Chile. The other location is in Campania, Italy. It is called Amalfi Coast, and it is the #1 beach in Italy, and is the 2nd best beach in the world. In Amalfi, you can go to a beautiful beach and go snorkeling. You can also go fishing for their famous anchovies and tuna. If you go, you might see a Loggerhead Sea Turtle. They lay their eggs in cliffs of the Sorrento Peninsula and swim around the blue seas.


By Emily Cleveland The Diamond Divas is a majorette dance team in Indianapolis. The dance instructor is Coach Sean. The Diamond Divas are in many competitions. They don’t win EVERY competition, but they keep their confidence. This year they are marching in the Independence Day parade which is on the 4th of July. They are also going to be marching in the Circle City Classic which is downtown on September 22, 2018. Their most recent competition was in Memphis. The coach stated, “Senior Battle squad ate this 8’s and 16’s stand battle this past weekend.” They took home the win. The Junior Battle Squad also took home the win.

Russian Blue Cats

By Mykayla Kersey Russian Blue’s are a species of cat know for their double layer coats and gorgeous green eyes. They make for very patient and loving pets, once they trust you enough, but don’t underestimate their shyness. They are very playful and curious cats. Russian Blue’s are very smart cats and can figure out how to open simple things like doors and can figure out were the food is stored. They are very messy eaters as well and are prone to having cat food stuck to their foreheads, and they have ravenous appetites. (My cat acts like a black hole when it come to food). Their beautiful coat isn’t just for show, it also keeps these cats very warm during the winter, but it can be a hassle to keep it in tip top condition. Little is known of its origin, as is the case for many breeds of cats, but since they have such a thick coat, it is thought that they were bred from natural selection not artificial selection. It is thought that they originally appeared in Russia. Russian Blue’s are kind to children and dogs, so having a Russian Blue with other animals or it being in a family is fine. There is also a difference between European Russian Blue’s and American Russian Blues. American Russian Blue’s often more spindly and thinner than Europeans. Europeans are often more fluffy and have a more rounded face and softer eyes. Speaking from experience, these cats are very loving and very easy to take care of (as long as you remember to brush them) and make excellent pets.

7 Famous People From Indiana

By Kai Norman and Brittney Skaggs Many famous people come from Hollywood, New York, and all over, but do you know that many are from Indiana? These are 5 famous celebrities from Indiana. Vivica A. Fox (Vivica Anjanetta Fox) is a female actor who is 53 years old and was born on July 30, 1964. She was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. Michael Jackson is a very famous male singer that some might even call a legend. He was born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana. He was 50 years old almost 51 when he died, on June 25, 2009. He died from cardiac arrest in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, CA. Jake Short is 20 years old and was born May 30, 1997 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a male actor that played in “Jack and Janet Save the Planet,” “Mighty Med,” “Ant Farm,” and many more projects. Trevor Jackson is 21 years old he is a male actor. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and was born August 30, 1996. He has had many projects one in particular that Disney produced was “Let it Shine” that got really popular in 2012. Jenna Fischer is 44 years old and is a famous actress in “The Office.” She was born on March 7, 1947 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. John Green was born on August 24, 1977 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Green is know for many of his bestselling novels such as his best The Fault In Our Stars which later became a movie. He is the writer of many books such as “Paper Towns”, “The Fault in Our Stars”, “An Abundance of Katherines”, and “Looking for Alaska”. He is not only an amazing author, but he is also a full time Youtuber. He has a channel that he shares with his brother Hank Green called “The Vlogbrothers.” Dylan Minnette was born on December 29, 1996 in Evansville, Indiana. He is most known for playing Clay Jensen on “Thirteen Reasons Why” and for playing Clay Norman on “Saving Grace.” He got his first acting job on “Drake And Josh” in 2005. His first major film was “Let Me In.”

Entertainment Offset’s Life In Migos

By Emily Cleveland and Nevaeh Alexis Many people know Offset, an American rapper in the group “Migos”. Offset’s real name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus. He was born on December 14, 1991. He is from Lawrenceville, Georgia. He is 26 years old. Offset has 1 child and 1 on the way with his current wife and children from a previous marriage. He recently proposed to the famous Belcalis Almanzar, also known as Cardi B. She is the mother of the child that is on the way. Quavo and Takeoff are the other two members of the group “Migos.” The group was formed in 2009. In 2015, the whole group got arrested for having possession of marijuana and firearms. They spent 4 months in custody. They had a rough start at first, but they pulled through and got the #1 spot with their album “Culture” on the US Billboard 200. Offset is excited about his new baby. He even took the role to name the baby. He hasn’t told the media the name or the gender yet. Offset has been through a lot but made it work.

Bio: Model Karrueche Tran

By Mallori White Karrueche T. is a mix of Vietnamese and African American. Her birthday is May 17, 1988, and she was born in Los Angeles. Karrueche Tran is a social media star and has gained over 7 million followers on Instagram, and is the ex-girlfriend of Chris Brown. Karrueche Tran has starred in many popular shows like “Claws,” and “Vanity,” and many more. She mainly posts things on Instagram. Before she was famous, she started by posting pictures of herself on Instagram. Then she began dating Chris Brown in 2010, but later they ended up breaking it off in 2015 after discovering Chris Brown had impregnated another woman. She went on, and is currently dating Victor Cruz.

Some Of The Greatest Youtube Animators

By Jacob Kramer I am one hundred percent sure you have heard of the wonderful place called YouTube. The place where you can watch videos of people falling off their bike, playing a new horror game, or just laughing at another YouTube video. The people who create these videos are called YouTubers. Most of the time, Youtubers categorize themselves to one thing. For example, playing video games,vlogging, music, role play, and many more. My favorite type of YouTuber is a YouTube Animator. They are the YouTubers that tell stories through animation. Every YouTube Animator has different styles and stories that can put you into a different person’s head. Many people enjoy or would enjoy watching these “normal” people draw out major events of their childhood. This article will introduce you to some of my favorite YouTube animators. For the best YouTube Animator, I chose TheOdd1sOut. He as a very simple, cartoon-y style. They look like white marshmallow men with eyes and a mouth. He tells a wide range of stories from Laser Tag to Things That Keep Me Up At Night. He is really funny and has a clear, calm voice. He shows his face in some of his videos which is a big deal because many YouTube animators don’t. The other one of my favorite YouTube animators is JaidenAnimations. She also has a very simple style, but her style is more realistic then TheOdd1sOut. Jaiden uploads animations around every month. Jaiden also has a range of stories from, Her bird, Ari, or her eating disorder that tore her apart in the past. She has only done one face reveal but that was the only video with her actual self in it.

Lil Pump The Rapper

By Zachary Frazier and Kayden Smith Lil Pump was born August 17, 2000. He is 17 years old. Lil Pump’s real name is Gazzy Garcia, but his rapper name is Lil Pump. It was rumored that Gazzy Garcia (AKA Lil Pump) went to Harvard University but dropped out of school to pursue his rapping career. This is not the case. There are rumors on Twitter about Lil Pump saying, “I really did drop out of Harvard University to save the rap game.” Lil Pump has done collabs with many other rappers such as Lil Yachty, Gucci Mane, DJ Khaled, Smokepurpp and many more others. Lil Pump is best known for his song “Gucci Gang.” Garcia was 13 years old when he met Omar Pineiro AKA Smokepurpp. Lil Pump had a friend named Lil Peep who passed away in November 2017. Lil Pump is covered in tattoos on his neck, arms, and he even has a Gucci logo on his chest. Lil Pump has his own cartoon character. He likes to release music and albums with his own cartoon character that looks just like him. Lil Pump released his self titled debut mixtape in October 2017. Lil Pumps very first song was on soundcloud and it was called “Elementary.” The song has over 1.3 million views on Youtube.

The Life of Nicki Minaj

By Tania Day and Malia Thomas Onika Tanya Maraj, also known as Nicki Minaj, is a female rapper, singer, songwriter, model, and actress. She was born December 8th of 1982. Onika first gained spotlight in 3 different mixtapes called “Playtime is Over” (2007) “Sucka Free” (2008) and “Beam Me Up Scotty” (2009). After signing and working with “Young Money Entertainment,” she released her first album “Pink Friday” in 2010 which almost made number 1 on US Billboard 200. The album soon went triple platinum. Her sophomore album came out. She named it “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” in 2012. The album debuted in a cartoon movie called, “Ice Age”. In 2013, she was one of the judges on the 12th season of American Idol. After the job for American Idol, Nicki dropped her next album, “The Pinkprint,” in 2014. Ever since “The Pinkprint” Album, Nicki has been doing features with lots of different rappers and on May 2nd she put out two songs “Chun-li” and “Barbie Tingz”.

Release Of Incredibles 2 This Summer

By Taylor Johnson This summer, the sequel movie to The Incredibles will hit theaters on June 15. In 2004, Disney-Pixar produced The Incredibles. This movie was of a family of superheros that hide in plain sight as a normal family, but not everyone is happy with the new lifestyle… Mr. Incredible, or Bob (Craig T. Nelson), longs for aventure. This ends with Bob leaving home on a mission. Soon, Mr. incredible finds himself in trouble and needs his family to save him. This movie and the producers earned 2 Oscars for best achievement in sound editing and best animated feature film of the year. In The Incredibles 2, the rolls of Elastigirl, Mrs. Incredible, and Mr. Incredible, or Bob are slightly reversed… Mrs. Incredible goes on a mission while Bob has to take on the task of taking care of his three kids. Overall, many people are excited for the release of this new movie and plan to see it, and this was only one of many ideas you could plan to do over this coming summer.

Top 5 Newest Movies Coming Out in May

By Nakyah Davis and Jordyn Moreland Do you like movies? Here are some new movies coming out in the mouth of May. These movies are rated R to PG. You can go to the movies with your friends or your family. So grab your popcorn, and let’s get the movie started. 1. Deadpool 2 Date: May 18 Director: David Leitch Rated: R This movie has Deadpool fighting the evil and powerful Cable and other evil people to save a guys life. 2. Breaking In Date: May 11 Director: James McTeigue Rated: PG-13 This movie is about a mother who takes her two kids on a weekend trip. Soon, she has to fight to save their lives when four men break in. 3. Son of Bigfoot Date: May 4, 2018 Director: Ben Stassen, Jeremy Degruson Rated: PG This movie is about a teenager, Adam, who never knew the identity of his father. After going on a journey to find his father, he finds out his father is the legendary bigfoot. 4. Show dogs Date: May 18 Director: Raja Gosnell Rated: PG This movie is about a detective on an adventure with his partner, a canine cop, who goes undercover at an exclusive dog show. 5. The Boxcar Children in Surprise Island Date: May 8 Director: Mark A.Z. Dippe, Anna Chi, Daniel Chuba Rated: PG This movie is about the Alden children who are now living with their grandfather. They go to a private island and meet a new friend. Is this friend hiding a secret?

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

By Gimyus Weeden On June 22, 2018, there’s going to be another Jurassic World movie, but it’s a bit more dangerous and suicidal. Four years later after Owen Grady, Claire Dearing, Franklin Webb, and a few other people have to go back to the destroyed Jurassic World theme park to rescue the remaining dinosaurs because the volcano on the island is going to erupt and kill the dinosaurs. Unfortunately, they (The Dinosaur Rescuers) encounter new and terrifying breeds of gigantic dinosaurs, and they also uncover a conspiracy that threatens the entire world. So, it’s up to Owen Grady, Claire Dearing, and Franklin Webb to stop the conspiracy that threatens the entire world, and they have to save the remaining dinosaurs at the same time.

Games Coming Out During The Summer

By Amari Robertson Onrush - This game is being released during June. Onrush is a racing game where you can do stunts and ride off roads to get points and upgrade your car or even motorcycle along with other vehicles. Onrush is said to be a arcade-like racing game. Onrush is a game that comes out for Xbox and PS4. Onrush has 8 different vehicles that people can choose from. Vampyr - This is a game that will be released on June the 5th, but you can preorder it. Vampyr takes place in London 1918, after the Great War. The main character is Dr. Jonathan Reid. The gameplay starts in a place where Dr. Jonathan Reid is a doctor during the Great War. He is told to go back to London where he wants to go back to his family. While going home, he is jumped and finds himself on the ground with a bite mark on his neck. He wakes up and is thirsty for some human blood. While he tries to find a cure for himself, he also goes around at night and defends london from other supernatural beings, but while doing that he also finds time to ‘feed’ himself. Lego: The Incredibles - Lego is coming out with another game for the upcoming movie “Incredibles 2”. The game is to be released on June the 15th. You’ll be able to customize your own character (like in any other lego game) and you’ll be able to complete fun side missions while also just going around exploring the city.

3 Bizarre House Pets

By Nakyah Davis and Braya Benjamin Dogs, cats, bunnies, and birds all have one thing in common: they are normal house pets. But the pets on this list will blow you away. Imagine waking up next to a tiger every morning, or even a hippo! Here are the 3 most bizarre house pets. 1. Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. Hiss! A cockroach is staring at you while you wake up from your sleep. If imagining that makes you shiver, imagine waking up to that everyday. According to, “The Madagascar hissing cockroach can grow to be four inches long and oneinch wide. These boys will hiss when they are agitated. 2. Skunk. When you think of a skunk, you probably think of a wild, smelly creature with white stripes. For someone to own a wild skunk is unbelievable. However, people own domesticated skunks. Currently, only 17 states allow you to own a domesticated skunk, and that includes Indiana. But don’t worry, domesticated skunks have their scent glands removed when they are young. 3. Wallaby. This 41 inch, 53 pound animal might be cute, but it can jump around at high speeds. This strange house pet is related to a kangaroo. This animal is popular in Australia and needs lots of space to jump around and have rich grass for this animal to eat. Also, to keep this animal in your yard, have a fence of 5 feet. That would be perfect for this animal.

Mario Kart 8

By Keith Norman Mario Kart 8 is another kart racing game by Nintendo. This eighth installment to the Mario Kart series is a lot different from the last Mario Karts. Mario Kart introduces new game mechanics, while still having older game mechanics. Mario Kart 8 still has a lot of the old items; green, blue, red, spiky shells, banana peels, coins, one or three mushrooms, golden mushrooms, fire flowers, lighting, and more. There are four new items in the game, such as the Piranha Plant, Super Horn, Boomerang Flower, and the Crazy Eight; all of the items have unique powers. This game also allows you to carry two items instead of one. The one way Mario Kart 8 sets itself from the other Mario Kart is the anti-gravity mechanics. Anti-gravity has the wheels of the karts turn sideways, so the racer can go on walls, ceilings, and other places karts can’t usually drive on. While in this mode, when the player bumps into other racers or glowing bumpers, it can give the racer a speed boost. There are 32 track courses in Mario Kart 8, half of them new, half of them old. Out of the old one is a combination of courses chosen at random from other games. To chose the track to race on, you must chose a cup. The cups each have you play 4 tracks, the racer that has the highest points wins the (award) cup, there are Nitro Courses, Retro Courses, and Downloadable Courses. The game has 37 racers to play as, 17 starting divers, 14 unlockable, and 6 downloadable divers. Each diver either has their own kart, or combinations of different karts, wheels, and kites that suits the player best. The downloadable characters aren’t from the mario games, they’re more like special guests: the inklings from Splatoon, Link from Legend of Zelda, the Villagers and Isabelle from Animal Crossing. Mario Kart 8 is a high packed racing game that has come a long way from the N64. This game is an upgrade from the last Mario Kart games with more characters. Mario Kart 8 is the game to play and drive.

Top 3 Drama T.V Shows On Netflix

By Tania Day and Brittney Skaggs 1. Grey’s Anatomy is a drama about interns who try to become surgeons and make a difference in the world by healing people. Sometimes they lose people and take a heartbreak, but at the end of the day, they all still have their friendships. They juggle their life with their love life and family problems while becoming amazing doctors. 2. Pretty Little Liars is about five girls that are very close friends. Their names are Alison, Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna. They were in the 9th grade when Alison went “missing.” Alison was “missing” for up to a year, but then someone said that she was dead. At Alison’s funeral they started getting messages from A. The fight with A won’t end until they find out who A is. Now that they have A, they wonder if Alison is behind it all, and if she is the one spilling all their secrets while ruining their lives. 3. The Walking Dead is a group of people fighting the undead while coming across groups who want to hurt them. They lose people, but in the end they have their family, and they have to have family in the fight of their lives. Rick, the leader, and his group must defend their people and their pride. Not only is Rick fighting a zombie apocalypse among his family, but also with the people that are surviving the zombie outbreak. Through the fight of the zombie apocalypse, Rick thinks that the fear of the survivors is overwhelming, and maybe they are more dangerous than the zombies amongst them.

All About The Incredible Hulk By Jason Hanley The Incredible Hulk is one of the strongest superheroes, and he regenerates super fast. But he’s not just a beast, he is a human too. When he get very angry, he then transforms. Bruce Banner is 5’10 and was born December 18, 1996. He volunteered to be a test experiment later on he became a leader in gamma radiation research then he got caught in a Gamma explosion. Now Hulk is basically invincible he can regenerate faster than he can be hurt. He can destroy anything. He is a green, mean, fighting machine and he has been in many movies such as; “Hulk,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Thor Ragnarok”...Almost all the Marvel movies. Hulk has no limit to his strength. It all depends on his anger. He has been important person on the avenger team.

Bio: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

By Malcolm Sam Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known as The Rock, is a actor, producer, and a retired professional wrestler. Dwayne is from Hayward, California and was born on May 2, 1972 to Ata Johnson. As he grew up, he fell in love with football, so he decided that he wanted to become a professional football player. While he was in highschool, he took football very seriously to the point where he was getting lots of college offers. For him, it was very hard to pick a college to go to, but he always remembered that he wanted to play for a school that had good academics, so he chose The University of Miami. As he started playing for Miami, his position was a defensive tackle. He was doing a great job until one game he got injured, which had him sidelined for the rest of the season, and his position was replaced by a future NFL star Warren Sapp. After his injury, he decided to stop playing football. After he was done with college, he became a WWE wrestler and his name became The Rock. Later during his wrestling career, he decided to retire and stay as an actor. Since he stayed as a actor, he has been in famous movies like “Central Intelligence” and “Jumanji 2,” both with Kevin Hart.

Bumblebee: The Movie

By Gimyus Weeden On December 21, 2018, there's going to be another Transformers movie, except this movie is about an Autobot named Bumblebee. Bumblebee is on the run from the Decepticons in the year 1987, and he finds refuge in a junkyard in a small beach town in California. An 18 year old girl named Charlie Watson is trying to find her place in her world until she stumbles upon the Volkswagen. When she fixed and revived the battle scarred, broken Volkswagen, she quickly learns and realizes that this ordinary yellow volkswagen is actually Bumblebee the Autobot.

DIY Tie-dye Shoes


By Taylor Johnson Many people in the summer, enjoy a new pair of shoes, but they can be expensive. This is how to make a brand new pair of tie-dye tennis shoes. The supplies you will need are: plain white tennis shoes, colored sharpies of your choice, and rubbing alcohol. First, draw whatever designs you like on your white tennis shoes. Then, once the shoes are covered with color in designs you like, pour rubbing alcohol on the shoes and let them dry overnight. After drying, you should put the shoes in the washer to rinse out extra color, so it doesn’t leak on to your feet or socks. Soon, you have a pair of tie-dye shoes that are personalized to your liking that no one else will have.


Got a smart phone? There are videos of this year’s events in the yearbook.

Things To Do Over The Summer

By Ivory Mason and Kierra Jordan 1)How to make popsicles The things you will need are: juice, popsicle sticks, and a ice tray. -Pour the juice you have in the ice tray . -Put the popsicle sticks in each square and on the ice tray. -Put it in the freezer for at least 6 hr. -When frozen take them out and enjoy! 2) Watermelon Popsicles The things you need are: watermelon, cutting tool, and popsicle sticks. -Cut your watermelon in half. -Cut one of the halves into squares similar to the picture below. -Then stick the popsicle stick in the bottom like the picture below.

How To Ride A Dirtbike

By Dilyn Cox One hobby this summer you could look into is riding dirt bikes. Here are some tips and directions on how to start shut off and ride. First, turn on the gas. Next, Make sure the dirtbike is in neutral. Now, kick start it or use electric start. Then pull in the clutch and push down the shifter one time. Give it a little gas and let the clutch out slowly. When you are moving, put your foot under the shifter and lift up one time; the faster you go the more you lift up the shifter. When you are slowing down, push down the shifter and pull in the clutch. When in 2nd gear, push on the back break and let the clutch out slowly without any gas to shut it off. After turning it off, always turn the gas off. If you want to try a wheelie, then start the dirtbike, and put it in 1st gear. When you are moving, lean back and pull on the gas. The faster you go keep lifting up one gear at a time.

How To Make A Miniature Aquarium With Cheap Products From The Store

By Kai Norman and Amaya Ford If you are looking for a cool DIY to do, then you are in the right place. Here’s a set of instructions telling how to make a miniature aquarium. The things you need are: -Clear glue -Mixing bowl -Spoon -Warm water -Blue food coloring -Borax mix -Jar -Little fish pop-out stickers or miniature plastic fish To start, you have to make the slime. To make the slime, you need to take your mixing bowl and add in the glue. Then, add about 3 drops of the food coloring and mix it. Next, you need to take your warm water, and add about 2 teaspoons of borax to it and mix. Now, you need to add that mixture to your glue, and your slime should begin to form. Now kneed it and play with it. After you are done with making the slime, put it in the jar. Put the pop-out stickers or plastic fish down in a positioned place where you can see the fish through the outside of the jar. This is all you need to do for this mini aquarium at a cheap price!

How To Make Stained Glass Art

By Ivory Mason To make stained glass art, you will need: a picture frame, glitter, food coloring, glue, toothpicks, and paint brushes. The first thing you need to do is take the frame backing off; you will not be using it. Next, you need to put a thin layer of glue and put a little bit of glitter and food coloring randomly on the glue. Once you put the food coloring on the glue, start making designs with the toothpicks by swirling it around. Then once you’re done designing the glass, allow it to dry, and you’re all done. After it is done drying, you can hang it up on the wall or by a window.

Volume 5 issue 9  
Volume 5 issue 9